Punk rock vegan wine.
Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit is a small, customer-friendly store just west of Union Square. They carefully choose their selection of affordable wines and provide as much information as possible—now listing which wines are vegan!
“Bottlerocket customers frequently ask which of our wines are vegan, so we posted a list!” explains Stephanie Miller, their PR guru.
Stephanie is a dear friend and I look to her for all things wine-related. She has trained as a taster and has worked in the vineyards and cellars of some of the premiere organic and biodynamic wine producers. When I want to know if something fishy (or eggy) has been used in a wine, she’ll know—or find out. So when she told me they investigated which wines at Bottlerocket were vegan, I was tickled.
“It is a great opportunity for us to talk with our customers, offer a bit of wine education and continually get feedback about what is important to shoppers,” she says.
None of the vegan wines sold at Bottlerocket have been processed or fined with animal products or produced with farming practices that specifically use animal products (such as biodynamic). One of their sources is the wonderful Barnivore website.
The store has a fun approach to educating consumers. Next to each wine is posted a card offering details such as region, taste (eyes, nose, mouth), farm production (organic, biodynamic).
Knowing that I like velvety French reds, when I was at the store recently, Stephanie suggested I try the Babiole by Andrea Calek. The huh..? I soon found out that it’s a blend of grapes including Syrah and Grenache. She also told me the story behind the wine. Andrea Calek is something of a punk-rocker of wine-makers. A former Czech soldier, he lives in a trailer amidst his rented grape vines in the Ardeche region of the Rhone. He produces wines that are “blatantly organic, unfiltered and unrefined.”
A punk rock vegan wine—what’s not to love? Dark and spicy, I highly recommend Calek’s Babiole ($24). It fabulously complimented the vegan Tuscan white bean and sausage stew I made and enhanced enjoyment of a dark-chocolate dessert.
The list of vegan wines is posted in the store (also pasted below) and will be noted on the cards soon. Just ask their friendly, knowledgeable staff and they’ll point them out. To get the full story behind the wines you purchase, be sure to ask for the flyers at the register.
If you know of other stores that list vegan wines, be sure to let us know, and feel free to encourage your favorite stores to do the same!
Note: each case (12 bottles) of wine (one kind or an assortment) receives a 10% discount. Plus, if you work or live within the neighborhood, they’ll deliver for free! Wines can also be bought online and shipped to your door.
Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit is located at 5 W. 19 Street, a few doors west of 5 Avenue. Tel: (212) 929-2323. (Tell ‘em SuperVegan sent ya!)
Vegan Wines sold at Bottlerocket
Albet y Noya Cava
Hermann Wiemer Dry Riesling
Hermann Wiemer Gewurtztraminer
Moet & Chandon Champagne Imeriale
Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon Champagne
Peter Michael Chardonnay
Pine Ridge Chenin-Viognier Blend
Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne
Veuve Clicquot Gold Label Brut Vintage Champagne
Vinos Ambiz Airen Young White
Veuve Clicquot Rose Champagne
Alban Syrah Patrina
Alban Syrah Reva
Andrea Calek Babiole
CalNaturale Cabernet Sauvignon
Chateau des Rontets
Domaine des Gourbet Gigondas Cuvee Florence
Domaine du Castel Petit Castel
Paul Hobbs Napa Cabernet
Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Cabernet
Peter Michael Les Pavots
Vina Cobos Bramare Cabernet Sauvignon